On Monday, March 23, 2015, His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Canada paid a visit to Mr. John Tory, Mayor of Toronto.
During the meeting, Mayor Tory and Bishop Hovakimian praised the active participation of the Toronto Armenians in various municipal initiatives, as well as in the life of the Church and the community. The Primate and the Mayor exchanged symbolic gifts, and the Primate was invited to leave a message in the City Hall guestbook.
Mayor Tory confirmed his participation in the Ecumenical Prayer on April 19, 2015, in the Metropolitan United Church of Toronto, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
The Armenian delegation accompanying the Primate on this visit to Mayor included: The Rev. Archpriest Fr. Zareh Zargarian, Pastor of Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church of Toronto/Ecumenical Officer of the Diocese; Mr. Barry Berge Papazian, President of Armen-Ontario of AGBU (Armenian General Benevolent Union); Mr. Ohan Ohanessian, Chairman of the Parish Council; Mrs. Apet Alpay, the Vice-Chair of Diocesan Council; Mr. Harout Manougian, Chair of Armenian National Committee of Toronto; Mr. Levon Isakhanyan, Assistant to Primate.
His Grace Bishop Hovakimian, on behalf of the delegation and the community at large, expressed gratitude to the City Hall of Toronto for the continuous support.